FAQ

What is the history of Energy Floors
All started in 2005 with the name Sustainable Dance Club, and the idea was to realize exactly that – a sustainable dance club. Innovators of sustainability Enviu worked together with Döll architects, to create the concept of a sustainable dance club, including an energy generating dance floor. At the beginning of 2007 Michel Smit (Cultural Development and former director of Off_Corso) became the managing director of Energy Floors – former called Sustainable Dance Club. The company started by offering consultancy service to club owners or festival organizers that want to become more sustainable and at the same time developed the prototypes of its first product: The Sustainable Dance Floor. In September 2008 Club WATT was opened in Rotterdam as the first ecological dance club showcasing the earliest model of the Sustainable Dance Floor (SDF). As Energy Floors has grown as a company, so have its potential markets. The concepts prove to have natural appeal to marketing agencies, science museums, commercial events and according to our new developments also with fitness centers, public transport companies and many other public spaces. Since 2010, SDC narrowed its focus on the further development of the energy generating floor and selling and renting it combined with Energy Experiences worldwide for exhibitions, parties, fairs, festivals or corporate events. The Sustainable Dance Club took it to the next level and developed a more cost effective, efficient floor for large scale applications: The Sustainable Energy Floor.
 
What is Energy Floors product Portfolio?
The products we make embody our beliefs. They make a contribution to sustainability whilst communicating a positive message in an exciting and engaging way. This philosophy has resulted in the creation of the Sustainable Energy Floor, Sustainable Dance Floor, Mini Sustainable Dance Club, and the DrinkWaterBar. You can find more information about all our products on the product page. The elements of the Energy Experience also belong to our product portfolio: The Energy Applications like the large LED battery, the digital meter software an energy tower etc.
 
Is it possible to rent or buy the products?

Yes, all of our products are available for purchase or hire. These innovative products function perfectly as engaging promotional tools to showcase sustainability in a fun and eye-catching way to a wide audience. The Sustainable Energy Floor and Mini Sustainable Dance Club are currently only available for purchase.
 
Can Energy Floors products be customized?
Branding one of our products makes them even more exclusive and unique. We have developed all our products in a way that makes the options of personalization as flexible as possible. See examples for customization on the Energy Floors Product Page.
 
How do your Energy Floors work?

To create electricity, the Sustainable Dance Floor will compress up to 10mm when being stepped on. This small compression is enough to activate the internal generator of that module producing up to 25 Wattsof sustained output per module. The dance floor is a scalable product made up of modules measuring 75x75x20 cm. This system allows for the floor to be set up in a huge range of possible sizes, shapes and designs. The dance floor experience can be custom designed for clients
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The Sustainable Energy Floor is the world’s most efficient converter of human footfall into electrical energy with an efficiency of 50%. It is a big enhancement to the dance floor, which had provided us with unique experiences and knowledge of harnessing energy from footsteps. The Sustainable Energy Floor is a more cost effective, efficient floor for large scale applications.  5 Watts per step can be produced by only a very small vertical movement. That means less effort is needed (walking is enough) to create energy. This is the main difference. The tiles are smaller (50cmx50cm) and easier to install. The surface can be customized with light effect, logos, colors, materials.

What are the main differences between the SDF and  SEF?
The SDF is primarily for use at events, museums, science and education centres.
–      Focuses on experience, interaction and education
–      High artistic value, using specialized glass and mirror with internal LEDs
–      Small series manufactured

The SEF is optimized for pedestrian areas with installation on a permanent basis only.
 –     Focuses on efficiency, low cost and low maintenance
–      Choice of top layers, ranging from e.g. recycled ceramics, plastic lumber or bamboo
–      Mass production possible
 
What kind of systems can be powered by the SDF and SEF?
The power output depends on the size of the (dance) floor and the type of movement and weight of people. In general, human power is limited and can charge low power devices such as LED lights, headphones, small screens, mobile phones or digital cameras.
 
Can we use the pictures from your website for an article we want to write about Energy Floors?
If you would like to write an article about Energy Floors, please send an email to press@sustainabledanceclub.com and we will be happy to send you a selection of images.
 
How much does it cost to rent the SDF?
The costs for renting the SDF depend on a number of aspects, such as the number of modules required, the location (distance and accessibility), the hiring period of and customization requirements. Our prices normally include a fee for product hire and an additional charge for transportation and build-up time. Prices are excluding VAT but preparation, transport, crew, Energy Meter and general costs are all included. For specific events please send a request, giving as much detail as possible, for an accurate quotation.
 
How much does it cost to buy a SDF or SEF?
The costs for buying an Energy Floor depend on a number of aspects, mainly the number of modules required, the location, type of flooring and customization requirements.
For a specific location please send a request to sales@energy-floors.com, giving as much detail as possible, for an accurate quotation.
 
How long does it take to recoup the costs of an investment with energy savings?

The development of electricity generating flooring systems cannot be compared with other innovations for renewable energy. It is worth taking into account the educational value of communicating the message of sustainability whilst engaging and inspiring people. This means that the recoup time of the costs is not relevant.
 
Why don’t  you use piezo technology?
Extensive research has been conducted by teams at the Technical University of Eindhoven and Delft University of Technology. They have investigated available technologies for converting human energy from footsteps into electricity. Based on the results we decided to develop an electro-mechanical system, since the potential power output was calculated to be much higher when compared to other systems such as piezo and hydraulic systems.